Our conferences provide residents with basic science and clinical preparation throughout the course of the 5-year program. They are facilitated by members of the Mount Carmel surgical faculty who have expertise on the topics to be discussed. Residents are provided with new iPad’s at the start of residency and the Mount Carmel Health Sciences library is a 24 hour on-line resource with free access to various surgical texts and evidence-based literature to support the academic curriculum. There is also a library of podcasts created by faculty members which serve to review fundamental topics and provide increased flexibility in learning opportunities.
Examples of program conferences are listed below.
Trauma and Surgical Critical Care
This is a formal podcast supported curriculum led by the program director with weekly podcast, supplemental readings, quiz and interactive session.
Attending faculty present on topics found in Sabiston Text book of Surgery or in SCORE. Residents are required to prepare by completing assigned readings prior to lecture.
Topics are presented by faculty members from Urology, Neurology, Vascular, Infectious Disease, Anesthesia, Cardiology, Nephrology, Interventional Radiology and Critical Care.
Basic Science Lecture
Basic Science Lectures are prepared by PGY 2 - PGY 4 residents and presented on a weekly basis with faculty involvement and participation. Resources include the Physiologic Basis of Surgery by J. Patrick O'Leary, MD and The Surgical Review: An Integrated Basic and Clinical Science Study Guide, edited by Daniel Kreisel, et al.
Journal Club is proctored by faculty member Dr. Steve Reitz. Articles from major surgery journals are reviewed and follow-up discussion with residents and faculty follows in this weekly forum.
Morbidity and Mortality Conference
During this weekly conference series, several cases are presented by residents, and followed by evidence-based presentations and discussion. Attempts to address systems and other issues to improve processes are engaged in.
Surgical and Medical Oncologists present unusual patient cases to a multidisciplinary audience. Potential treatment protocols are determined through discussion.
Anatomic Dissection Lab
Cadaver dissections including relevant surgical presentation with precise anatomic detail are presented by PGY 1 and PGY 2 residents. Topics are chosen by residents with staff approval and participation.
Resident Ground Rounds
PGY 2 - PGY 4 residents, along with a staff advisor, prepare grand rounds topics on a monthly basis. These are formal presentations given to residents and teaching faculty across the spectrum.
Multidisciplinary Trauma Conference
Patient cases are presented for discussion by faculty and residents from participating programs within the trauma system, including general surgery, orthopedics, neurosurgery, radiology, emergency room physicians, nursing staff and para-professionals.